Talks between the public service unions and the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State employees has taken place, say informed sources. File photograph: Getty Images

ASTI proposes review of public service accord ‘to ensure fair distribution of benefits’

Teachers complain that the Government applied Fempi measures arbitrarily. Photograph: PA

Minister says teachers have lost €15m in payments - as much as €2,000 per teacher - over strike

ASTI delegates protest as Minister for Education Joe McHugh arrives at the annual convention in Wexford. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Comments come after conflicting signals from Government over teacher salaries

An actuarial review published by the Government in December 2017 maintained that the State overall had an accrued liability of about €114.5bn in respect of retirement benefits.

Changes introduced in 2013 aimed at saving Government billions over coming decades

The Government says there is “no comitment to address issues outside the pay agreement at this stage”. File photograph: PA

Teachers’ unions meet for annual conferences around country

File photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA

Audit shows more than half of delayed discharges in some areas are refusing to leave

Photograph:  Thinkstock

Survey finds 90% of consultants in public hospitals believe workload ‘unmanageable’

Teachers protesting in advance of a Government report on pay equalisation last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deal will see outstanding concerns addressed as part of any new pay review mechanism

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has warned that global economic conditions have deteriorated in recent months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says public-service staff have better terms than those in private sector

INMO’s Phil Ní Sheaghdha marching with nurses and midwives in Dublin: About 17,000 healthcare assistants, other hospital support staff and chefs will begin a ballot on Monday for strike action. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government’s plan for financial and industrial stability under pressure

PNA general secretary Peter Hughes said the move to 24-hour strikes represented ‘a clear and determined message to the HSE’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Long-running dispute to move to ‘more serious and disruptive level of industrial action’

ASTI said it wanted the timing of incremental pay increases returned to the original dates that applied prior to the dispute. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Union says lack of training and large classes are key challenges to inclusive education

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Minister says public and private patients will have access to same drugs in State hospitals

Hospital cleaners are among the thousands of support staff across the country who will be balloted on strike action. File photograph: Getty

Thousands of porters, caterers, healthcare assistants to be balloted over pay dispute

 An Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) protest outside Leinster House, Dublin, in 2016.   Photograph: Eric Luke

ASTI wants redress arising from penalties imposed after strike two years ago

Doctors who left the register  pointed to a lack of employer support, workplace understaffing and the hours expected to work in the context of the European Working Time Directive. Photograph: Getty Images

Lack of respect, training options, expectation to carry out non-core tasks among reasons cited

Ambulance staff are to consider proposals for full 24-hour strikes or rolling work stoppages as part of an escalation of their long-running dispute over trade union representation rights. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ambulance personnel staging sixth day of strike on Wednesday from 7am to 5pm

Siptu has about 4,000 nurse members across acute, community and mental health settings. Photograph: Frank Miller

Union signals proposals to resolve members’ dispute not acceptable to psychiatric nurses

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at an event to discuss Sláintecare last month. File photograph: Aoife Moore/PA

Simon Harris has been under pressure to conclude GP deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Health Simon Harris during an announcement regarding primary care. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New initiative part of €210 million deal with doctors reached this week

The trade union Siptu, which represents the health staff concerned, is holding talks on the claims on Thursday with health service management and officials of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. File photograph: Reuters

Healthcare assistants, health service support staff and chefs seeking 5% pay increases

The introduction of a new contract and a new higher-paid enhanced nurse grade were key elements of previous Labour Court settlement proposals which led to the suspension of strikes by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Union’s 40,000 members to be balloted on Labour Court recommendation from Monday

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he hoped to announce details of the new agreement with family doctors in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister confirms Government ‘nearing conclusion’ on new accord with doctors

Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Gráinne Flannelly had never said that she had given any warning to him about the initiative.

Former head of CervicalCheck says she raised concerns with senior HSE officials

The new proposal would involve the introduction of services for medical-card patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or cardiovascular conditions. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Accord would see rollback of funding cuts and provision of additional GP services

Ambulance service staff who have engaged in a series of strikes in recent weeks over union representation rights have said they are prepared to escalate their action. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Dispute between Nasra and HSE centres over union representation rights

The stoppage on Tuesday will be the fifth strike by members of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association since the start of the year.  Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE argues recognising Nasra would impair industrial relations in the ambulance service

The INMO said the number of patients who required admission to a hospital bed but who had to spend time waiting on trolleys in March was 9,714.  It said this included 117 children.

Nurses’ union says overcrowding ‘endemic’ in Ireland’s hospitals

Last October, Paul Reid was appointed by the Government to serve on the implementation advisory council for the Sláintecare health reform programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fingal County Council chief expected to be named as new head of health service

Natasha Linehan, a chef at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork. Photograph; Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Chefs seek move to ‘craftworker’ pay grade; HSE calls ballot ‘premature and unnecessary’

Paul Bell, Siptu health division organiser, said the Government had refused to engage on findings that his union’s members had been ‘underpaid for many years’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Siptu says Government refusing to engage on pay rises for support staff and hospital chefs

’The vast majority of senior medical and surgical specialists in Ireland believe our failure to recruit consultants is making Irish hospitals more unsafe’

Doctors’ union says pay cuts have led to difficulties in recruiting consultants and unsafe hospitals

File photograph showing ambulance personnel striking on January 22nd at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Work stoppages on April 2nd and 10th are part of long-running dispute over trade union representation rights

On Tuesday more than 600 patients who require admission to  hospital were waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards for a bed, nurses have said.

INMO says worst levels of overcrowding seen at Cork University Hospital

INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha: “what determines productivity is better outcomes for patients.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Unions say the Government proposals on shift changes and redeployment are unacceptable

Bogus self-employment arrangements are where workers are forced by an employer to declare themselves self-employed rather than employees. Photograph: Getty Images

Unions say the practices cost the State hundreds of millions of euro in lost revenue, and can deny workers key rights and benefits

The INMO is expected to argue seeking nurses to relocate up to 40km is not feasible and would discourage recruitment. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

State may be sending message to public sector with measure to damage conditions

Recruiting and retaining specialist doctors  is a major problem, a survey by the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association has found. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA

Staff shortages lead most consultants to believe hospitals unable to sustain service levels

Sláintecare reform plan proposed a way out of rows over alleged breaches of private practice rules, suggesting  public hospitals should be for public patients only. Photograph: Thinkstock

Against claims of abuse of public-private ratios, report says doctors not at fault

Most consultants in the public system with contractual rights to private practice can treat a maximum of 20 per cent of fee-paying patients, rising to 30 per cent in certain cases.

Breaching of rules on fee-paying patients beyond doctors’ control, HSE report says

“Our core objective is to shift the majority of care from the acute to the community setting to bring care closer to home for service users,” Minister for Health Simon Harris said on Wednesday. Photograph: James Forde

The potential impact of artificial intelligence and robotics are also to be explored

INMO say  there was ‘a very large gap between the INMO and the employers on the new contract’. Photograph: Frank Miller

INMO says proposal, which led to suspension of recent strikes, would make jobs ‘insecure’

The money is unpaid interest  held by the HSE for safekeeping on behalf of patients in its care. Photograph: iStock

Report on patients’ private property accounts to be laid before Oireachtas

The plan is being introduced by Minsiter for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Plan seeks to reduce out-patient appointment numbers to 509,000

  General secretary designate of the Forsa trade union Kevin Callinan addresses the Industrial Relations News (IRN) Conference at IMI, Sandyford. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Staff want impact of inflation on spending power addressed in any new agreement

Carlos Alberto Fraeds (left) and Williams Santos, both from Brazil, join Communities Against Low Pay and activists at a rally in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Employment protection legislation to provide support for workers in precarious situations

 Nurses and midwives protesing outside the Coombe  hospital in Dublin last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government’s draft proposals rejected by nurses’ organisation

Minister for Health Simon Harris. In a confidential memo to the Cabinet last Tuesday,  he signalled that many of the review group’s key proposals would effectively be kicked to touch. File photograph: James Forde

Few of the reform recommendations are likely to be put in place in the short term

The commission  maintained that legislation in this area ‘may not be enforceable’. Photograph: Getty Images

Report says legislation could cause higher administration costs and be unenforceable

The Government’s proposals to tackle the new entrant issue have been rejected by  ASTI and INTO although neither have balloted members for industrial action.

Recent entrants to public service will see pay catch up with longer-serving colleagues

National Ambulance Service staff picket a depot on Davitt Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Third work stoppage under way in dispute over trade union representation rights

The review group, which was chaired by Catherine Day, above, said there seemed to have been “a breakdown in mutual trust and respect” between the voluntary sector and the State.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review group warns this could lead to serious effects and prolonged disruption for patients

The Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure declined to comment on Wednesday on whether nurses would still be allowed to move to the new scales from the beginning of March in the event of the new nursing contract not being finalised in time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Nurses would be permitted to move on to enhanced salary scale under proposed deal

 Ambulance personnel on strike at the ambulance service facility on Davitt Road in Dublin earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ongoing dispute with HSE management centres on trade union representation rights

Calls by campaigners and patient groups to approve the provision of a drug which they maintain would benefit children with a rare muscle-wasting condition have been rejected by the HSE. Image:iStock.

Health body says providing Spinraza would cost some €600,000 per patient in first year

The Labour Court said  Saturday working for Bus Éireann drivers   should be “as required by customer and timetable requirements” but that the company should roster work in each of its depots in a fair and equitable manner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Staff to receive 2.5% increases in 2020 and 2021 under new proposals

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly put forward the amendment.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee backs changes to Government plans in vote on Wednesday

The Government last autumn appointed Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the British Council, to chair the HSE board.

Health committee backs proposals for people with clinical expertise to serve on board

Pfizer  accepted a request by the Workplace Relations Commission not to take any immediate action in relation to pension changes for some 900 workers. Photograph: iStock

Siptu last week deferred industrial action at pharma firm in anticipation of discussions

The public service pay agreement is ‘compromised’ but still standing after the Government’s acceptance of proposals to resolve the recent nurses’ dispute, the trade union Siptu has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Union warns of potential strikes if its members not treated the same as INMO

The INMO’s executive has recommended that members should support the proposed new agreement in a forthcoming ballot.

Talks continue on new deal to address pay and staffing issues

The National Ambulance Service received 259 calls on Friday between 7am and noon, with five of these responded to by the Department of Defence, the HSE said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Army provided ambulances and crews to assist HSE during stoppage

Patricia King of Ictu says a pension ‘is one of the things that marks out decent employers from those who wish to exploit ordinary working people’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Workers to stage 12 hour stoppage on Monday in dispute over pensions

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: “These proposals make important strides for safe staffing, pay parity, and achieving respect for our professions.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public service unions expected to await details of new contract nurses agree with State

Ambulance personnel striking on January 22nd at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Army is providing ambulances and crews during 10-hour stoppage

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha told union members in a note on its website that the details of the recommendation were complex and required some further clarification and negotiation. Above,  addressing Nurses and Midwives at Merrion Square during a city centre protest on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Government not to impose financial penalties on nurses for going on strike

The executive of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will meet on Wednesday and, assuming it approves the proposals, these are expected to be put to a ballot of members. Above, a Dublin city centre protest on nurses’  pay and staffing levels on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Average extra payment is about €1,200 with slightly more for nurses at start of career

Phil Ni Sheaghdha INMO general secretary at a hearing in relation to the nurses dispute over pay and recruitment at the Labour Court, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public service groups study implications of Labour Court recommendation in nurses’ dispute

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance  Paschal  Donohoe speaking to the media at Government Buildings on Monday night. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fears that pay increases for nurses may threaten wider public sector pay agreement

Supporters of a nurses and midwives protest at Merrion Square on Saturday linked to the now suspended nationwide strike. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fórsa poised to scrutinise Labour Court implications for other civil and public servants

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Facility at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown will open this summer, authorities say

Nurses and members of the INMO on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

A move to enhanced scale involves a salary increase of €2,439 for some nurses

Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to apologise for not providing fuller information about the cost escalation at the national children’s hospital when he was asked about it last September.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Harris due to apologise for not providing fuller information about cost escalation

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: instead of responding to the letter, it was agreed the issues referred to would be addressed in the estimates process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister requested re-profiling of health capital allocation to address capital shortfall

While members of the INMO have staged three days of work stoppages over the last couple of weeks, Tuesday will be the first time  psychiatric nurses will take to picket lines

Labour Court spent the weekend in exploratory talks with the parties involved

Nurses and midwives march from Parnell Square to Merrion Square during a Dublin protest on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

INMO says Labour Court discussions are at exploratory stage

People attend a rally in support of striking nurses in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Psychiatric Nurses Association and INMO attending talks on Saturday in bid to avert further strikes

The Psychiatric Nurses Association has announced further strike action. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Labour Court talks between INMO and health managers to continue on Saturday

INMO’s Phil Ní Sheaghdha with Nurses and Midwives at the entrance to the Coombe hospital.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

INMO and management attend meeting in attempt to avert three days of action

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he has “total confidence” in Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘I have every confidence in Mr Harris but am not going to pre-empt what he says in Dáil’

HSE’s chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry “appointments are being ‘pushed out’ further”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government sources say Labour Court may intervene in nurses’ dispute on Friday

Work continues at the site of the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Timeline: Project had an overrun of €61m five months after getting the green light

A spokeswoman for the Minister said he is maintaining his position that he only became aware of the final figures in November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s hospital: Minister for health warned in 2017 of increases in capital cost

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he would bring a memo next week on procurement and on allocations for the Government’s capital plan. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Concerns raised at Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting at overspend on the new hospital

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation picketing outside St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Industrial unrest in the health sector escalates as ambulance staff announce action

Dr Gareth Linehan from Michelstown,  and his daughter Grace (2) at the NAGP protest. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘We are looking at the last generation of GPs in Ireland’ – doctors call for Fempi reversal

Ambulance staff stage a work stoppage last month at the ambulance facility on Davitt Road, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dispute centres on right of workers to representation by their trade union of choice

St Ita’s hospital in Portrane, Co Dublin. The PNA said difficulties were experienced there due to the extended overtime ban. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There are concerns the situation will worsen due to 24-hour overtime ban by psychiatric nurses

Hundreds of GPs are due to gather outside the gates of the Dáil on Molesworth Street.

NAGP claim general practice is being ‘destroyed’ because of cuts

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he became aware of potential overruns at the National Children’s Hospital in August 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minutes of steering group meetings are likely to intensify pressure on Minister for Health

Nurses take part in their second day of industrial action over pay and conditions at Naas General Hospital, in Co Kildare, on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Strike affecting 50,000 a day as HSE indicates not all cancer operations were exempted from stoppage

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation   insists the Government has to address nurses’ salaries to resolve the dispute. Photograph: Getty Images

Up to 50,000 will be affected by next nurses’ strike on Thursday, and the Psychiatric Nurses Association is due to extend its over(...)

INMO Strike: Nurses take to the picket line outside St James’ Hospital in Dublin Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

About 50,000 people have their medical appointments cancelled today

Nurses on the picket line at St Vincent’s hospital, Merrion Road, Dublin, last Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Nursing unions reject Government proposals for talks on staff issues but not on pay

The Irish Medical Organisation is engaged in intensive talks with health service management which are “difficult and challenging”.

Doctor union warns financial emergency legislation measures must be reversed

Nurses pictured on the picket line outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin last Wednesday as part of a dispute over pay. Photograph: Collins

INMO says proposal ‘most cynical move’; PNA says talks that did not address pay would be of ‘no benefit’

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Minister says he will act on any recommendations of report into escalating costs of new facility

An artist’s impressions of proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital campus.

Review of spiralling cost of new hospital will not ‘determine individual culpability’

Nurses on the picket line at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin this week. Photograph: Collins

Stoppage on Tuesday likely to affect more people than strike earlier this week

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell raised concern on Thursday about why a senior official in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, who was also a prominent member of the hospital’s development board, did not raise concerns about the escalating costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cost of children’s hospital could exceed €2bn, ‘which would make it the most expensive hospital in the world’

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